Lawmakers debate medical negligence bill

CARSON CITY — Dozens of Nevadans this morning packed legislative hearing rooms in Carson City and Las Vegas to support a bill that would allow for bigger lawsuit awards as a result of negligence by doctors.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee is debating Assembly Bill 495, which is a response to a hepatitis C outbreak in Las Vegas that led to the largest patient notification in U.S. history. More than 50,000 patients at two now-closed outpatient clinics were notified last year that they may have been exposed to blood-borne diseases by shoddy injection practices.

Bill Bradley, representing trial lawyers, said, “These health care providers, under anybody’s standard, were grossly negligent, and they absolutely put profit ahead of patient safety.”

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